To the Moon and Beyond

Graphic Films and the Inception of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Exhibition Website

Mar 4 2016 - Oct 9 2016

In July and August 1965, a California-based production company called Graphic Films [...] conducted research and created concept sketches for Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Among the staff were Con Pederson, who directed [...] To the Moon and Beyond for Graphic Films [...], and Douglas Trumbull, who had recently joined the company as a background artist. Pederson and Trumbull eventually left Graphic Films to work directly with Kubrick at the MGM studios in England, and were instrumental to the realization of what is arguably the most important science fiction film ever made.

This exhibition features rarely seen artwork created by Graphic Films for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and correspondence between the company and Stanley Kubrick. It includes more than twenty detailed sketches for a lunar base and space vehicles; correspondence with script and design suggestions and technical advice; as well as an early draft of the script for the film. 

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • 20th Century
  • Con Pederson
  • Douglas Trumbull
  • Stanley Kubrick

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